Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) has driven benevolent financial assistance to a Ranchi-based scientist to develop temperature sensors that will be used in missile and rocket systems for determining its location in space. According to the letter issued by Isro, duration of the project will be three years — two years’ time for chip design and one year for fabrication at HCL, Chandigarh. In the first year, Rs 18.55 lakh will be released for expenditure.
Dr Vijay Nath, professor at the department of electronics and communication engineering at Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, will work on the project to design ultra-low power complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) temperature sensor for aerospace application. Isro has sanctioned Rs 25 lakh for the project.
Nath, who is a member of the design team of very large scale integration (VLSI), a process of creating an integrated circuit by combining thousands of transistors into a single chip, has been working on the topic for more than three years. “I had applied for assistance from Isro almost three years ago and after a long question-answer series with the experts at Isro, final approval was given,” he said.
Nath said ultra low power CMOS temperature sensors are procured from Belgium, and once the technology is developed indigenously, it would revolutionize various projects that require temperature sensors. “Every research project has its own secrecy, but broadly the project deals in developing design and technology for manufacturing chips that will find place in the missiles to send real-time information about its exact location in space,” he said.
Nath said the device would work below 1 Volt, and send information about the exact location of a missile based on the difference in temperature in various spheres in space.